Sedaris’s dark humor thrives on life’s crisis moments, and his new collection of essays—the first in five years—is a devastatingly funny look at aging, mortality, and, of course, family. As in his classic Me Talk Pretty One Day and Barrel Fever, Sedaris’s writing is by turns irreverent and poignant. He recounts his bout with skin cancer, reflects on elderly strangers he sees during his travels, and chronicles family gatherings at his Carolina beach house, Sea Section. There he and his siblings banter with each other but also recall their mother’s alcoholism, their sister’s suicide, and worry over their crotchety father’s erratic behavior. Will Sedaris follow in those paternal footsteps? Already he’s finding his life is made up of more past than future, but all of it sharply observed and presented with Sedaris’s signature wit and startling profundity.
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